Contact Kathryn Leo-Nyquist, Education Program Director
Champlain College's Education major, with a focus in Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher Education, teaches the competencies required to meet the Vermont Core Teaching and Leadership Standards, which are based on the national Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC):
The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) they teach and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to ensure mastery of the content.
The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem-solving related to authentic local and global issues.
The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, monitor learner progress, and guide the teacher's and learner's decision making.
The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills and pedagogy, and has knowledge of learners and the community context.
The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate their practice, particularly the effects of their choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning; collaborates with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth; and advances the profession.